The Dallas Cowboys defeated their NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night in prime time 29-23 despite making several mistakes.
Coming off their bye week and a five-game winning streak, many media pundits predicted the Dallas Cowboys would defeat the Philadelphia Eagles when the NFC rivals faced off on Sunday Night Football over the weekend.
But not many would have done so if they knew just how much the Cowboys would struggle in the game. Fortunately for America’s Team, they were still to pull the victory out of the jaws of defeat in overtime, 29-23.
At the heart of the Cowboys struggles was their absurd amount of penalties (11 – 84 yards). But that wasn’t totally unexpected as the game’s officiating crew has averaged the highest number of penalty flags per game (20.3) so far this season, according to ESPN.
Awesome Play ……
Play: Lucky Whitehead 7-Yard Punt Return/Block In The Back Penalty On Rod Smith
Situation: Fourth and 11 from the Eagles 35
Score: Cowboys lead 10-3
Time: 10:33 remaining in the second quarter
Impact: The Cowboys had the lead, the momentum, and were set to get the ball back after sacking Carson Wentz on third down. Instead of letting the ball bounce into the end zone for a touchback, Whitehead inexplicably decided to field the ball at his own three-yard line and again test an excellent Eagles special teams unit. Smith committed a block in the back and instead of starting the drive on the 20, the Cowboys were backed up on their own five-yard line. They would go three and out, punt, and set the Eagles up with excellent field position in Dallas territory; that Eagles drive would eventually result in a touchdown and a tied score. The decision by Whitehead to field the punt inside his own five was horrendous, and it was yet another special teams mistake that helped set up Eagles points on the night.
According to Yahoo, Bryant was targeted a whopping 14 times! That’s seven more than the Cowboys next receiver. Out of those 14 attempts, Bryant caught only four of them for 113 yards and one score. Most of those yards coming on a 53-yard bomb in the first quarter. If Dallas is going to have future success passing the ball, they must spread it out more.
Despite their offensive struggles, it was the Cowboys defense that really won this game. Critical plays by several of Dallas’ defenders kept the game close and help facilitate the team’s victory in overtime. Leading the team in tackles was once again linebacker Sean Lee, who posted a total of 11.
Cowboys defensive tackle Terrell McClain forced a fumble that defensive end Tyrone Crawford recovered. Crawford also had six total tackles and 1.5 sacks. Also posting a sack was veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, who was signed as a free agent this offseason by the Cowboys out of Philly, recorded 0.5 sack as well.
The Cowboys have their QB with Dak, and tonight’s game further marks off another checkbox. Can you face serious adversity and get your team in position to win the game? Dak did that tonight.
We know he would eventually have a bad game, but to have a bad game and still pull off the comeback is really badass.
Other Game Juice:
Cowboys defense forced another turnover and had multiple sacks today
Sean Lee had the signature game I was hoping he would have. Vintage Lee.
Tyrone Crawford leads the team with sacks, 3.5 total
Demarcus Lawrence off to another slow start, we need another pass rusher
Dez Bryant led the team with 4 catches for 113 yards and 1 TD, huge game at the end.
Dak Prescott is a leader, clutched out the game.
Ezekiel Elliott had 148 all-purpose yards, keep feeding him.
Brandon Carr lead team with 7 solo tackles
Jason Witten breaks Ed Too Tall Jones record for games started, and icing on the cake with game winning TD
Jerome Boger’s penalty crazed crew is bad for the NFL, terrible flags everywhere
Mo Claiborne had another solid game, suffered a groin injury, severity unknown
Orlando Scandrick had a solid performance after recovery from injury most of the season